For John, BLUF: A view of Christianity from outside. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I received this from a friend of mine and thought it insightful—brethren
After observing the warm fellowship of believers in Jesus, this was the reaction of the unbelieving Greek writer Lucian (AD 120–200):Well, actually, I think the first Legislator was Moses, but why quibble with an outsider?It is incredible to see the fervor with which the people of that religion help each other in their wants. They spare nothing. Their first legislator [Jesus] has put it in their heads that they are brethren.
To the point, many Christians believe each of us must become a son or daughter of God (it seems), and thus brothers and sisters. Note that God has no Grandchildren.
Sometimes it is hard to love a brother or sister, but that is what we are called to do.
The how is the tricky part. Remember, Saul of Tarsus, the first to form a Tea Party, said that those who will not work shall not eat. He said this in a letter to the Thessalonians.
Regards — Cliff